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    Scoliosis - What Increases Your Risk

    Things that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include:

    • Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children-especially daughters-of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.2
    • Being female. Girls are more likely than boys to have a significant curve that requires treatment.

    Scoliosis is more common in people who have:

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    • A spinal bone that is pushed forward (forward displacement), usually in the lower back (spondylolisthesis).
    • Missing or abnormally short arms or legs.
    • Other disorders related to tissue development while in the womb.

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    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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